Tigers Trade Jeff Robinson For Tettleton


Catcher Mickey Tettleton, unwanted by the Baltimore Orioles, was traded yesterday to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Jeff Robinson after Tettleton agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.6 million.

Tettleton, who hit 26 home runs and was named to the American League All-Star team in 1989, batted .223 with 15 homers and 51 runs batted in last season. Tettleton, 30, who became a free agent after the season, surprised the Orioles Dec. 19 by accepting their salary arbitration offer.

Robinson, 29, a right-hander, was 10-9 last season with a 5.96 earned-run average.

-- Catcher Tom Pagnozzi signed a one-year contract and utility player Rex Hudler agreed to a two-year deal, the St. Louis Cardinals said. Both players had been eligible for salary arbitration.

-- Catcher Mackey Sasser agreed to a one-year, $505,000 contract with the New York Mets.


Guy Forget won his first singles title outside of his native France, beating Michael Stich of Germany 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the New South Wales Open in Sydney, Australia.

Earlier, sixth-seeded Jana Novotna of Czechoslovakia upset second-seeded Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario 6-4, 6-2 to win the women's singles final.


Franz Heinzer of Switzerland scored his second World Cup downhill victory of the season, winning the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbuehel, Austria. . A.J. Kitt of the United States was 15th.

-- Natasa Bokal of Yugoslavia, helped by a home crowd, skied to her first World Cup victory, winning the slalom in Kranjska Gora.

-- Jill Trenary, three-time U.S. figure-skating champion, has undergone ankle surgery and will not compete in next month's U.S. championships in Minneapolis.

-- Bonnie Blair of the U.S. won the 500-meter race and Gunda Kleemann of Germany took the 1,500 meters in World Cup speedskating in Davos, Switzerland.

-- Austrian Bernhard Knauss blew away the competition in the $25,000 Nuprin Cup giant slalom in Telluride, Colo.


Phil Mickelson, a junior at Arizona State, put himself in position to become only the second amateur in 37 years to win a PGA Tour event, shooting a 65 to take a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Tucson Open.

-- Greg Turner of New Zealand shot a 4-under-par 68 to win the $1 million Palm Meadows (Australia) Cup tournament. Turner finished four shots ahead of Australian Greg Norman.


Jockey Gary Stevens suffered an injured shoulder when he was thrown after his mount, Deceptive Operator, broke a leg and fell in the stretch during the third race at Santa Anita. Although Stevens was given permission to resume riding, he decided to have X-rays taken when his shoulder began to hurt. X-rays proved inconclusive, but doctors advised the former Longacres jockey to return today for additional X-rays.

Deceptive Operator, a 3-year-old filly, was destroyed.


Two-time defending American Motorcyclist Association Supercross champion Jeff Stanton won the opening round of the Supercross series in Orlando, Fla.


John Campbell of New Zealand and American Barbara Filutze captured titles in the United States Running Association Masters National 8K race in Naples, Fla. Muggy conditions prevented Campbell, 41, from breaking Mario Cuevas' Masters record of 23 minutes, 49 seconds.


American Charles Williams (30-4-2) retained his IBF light-heavyweight title with an unanimous decision against Mwehu Beya (14-7-4) in Saint Vincent, Italy.


Diego Maradona was fined $70,000 for missing practices and games with Napoli of the Italian League. Napoli also is suing Maradona, contending that his alleged misbehavior has damaged the club's image.